2021 West Coast Ocean Acidification Cruise

The 2021 cruise represents the most integrated West Coast Ocean Acidification (WCOA) cruise to date. WCOA2021 took place from June 13 to July 26, 2021 aboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown. 133 stations were occupied from Vancouver Island in Canada to Southern California along seventeen transect lines. At all stations, CTD casts were conducted, and discrete water samples were collected in Niskin bottles. The cruise was designed to obtain a synoptic snapshot of key carbon, physical, and biogeochemical parameters as they relate to ocean acidification (OA) in the coastal realm. Physical, biogeochemical, and chlorophyll concentration data collected during CTD casts are included with this data set. During the cruise, some of the same transect lines were occupied as during the 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016 West Coast Ocean Acidification cruises, as well as CalCOFI cruises. This effort was conducted in support of the coastal monitoring and research objectives of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP).

Data Use Policy: Data from NOAA West Coast Ocean Acidification (WCOA) cruises are made freely available to the public and the scientific community in the belief that their wide dissemination will lead to greater understanding and new scientific and policy insights. The investigators sharing these data rely on the ethics and integrity of the user to ensure that the institutions and investigators involved in producing the WCOA cruise data sets receive fair credit for their work. If the data are obtained for potential use in a publication or presentation, we urge the end user to inform the investigators listed herein at the outset of the nature of this work. If these data are essential to the work, or if an important result or conclusion depends on these data, co-authorship may be appropriate. This should be discussed at an early stage in the work. We request that any manuscripts using these data be sent to all investigators listed in the metadata before they are submitted for publication so that we can ensure that the quality and limitations of the data are accurately represented. Please direct all queries about this data set to Simone Alin and Richard Feely.

Cruise Report (word document)

Chief Scientists:
Leg 0: Dana Greeley and Julian Herndon, June 13 to June 23, San Diego to Port Angeles
Leg 1: Richard Feely and Brendan Carter, June 23 to July 8, Port Angeles to Bodega Bay
Leg 2: Brendan Carter and Dana Greeley, July 8 to July 26, Bodega Bay to San Diego

Back Row, L to R: Brendan Carter, Dana Greeley, Blanca Alvarez-Caravallo, Jonathan Sharp, Sean McAllister, Katy Wnuk-Fink, Claire Zwiers, David Butterfield, Julian Herndon, Noah Gluschankoff, Katelyn Schockman, Andrew Collins, Macarena Martin Mayor, Chris Ikeda, Ryan McCabe
Front Row, L to R: Jordan Chancellor, Kelcey Chung, Tanner Waters, Samantha Mundorff, Elijah Catalan, Mariana Cupul Cortes, Kalla Fleger, Juhi LaFuente, Meghan Shea, Amanda Timmerman, Sophia Tigges, Eric Wisegarver, Bryce Dewees, Qian Li

Small boat transfers: Monterey, Coos Bay, Port Angeles, Astoria, Newport, Bodega Bay, San Francisco
Dates: 13 June to 26 July 2021, NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown, San Diego to San Diego
Stations: 133
Geographic boundaries: 31.78°N to 52.40°N by 130.85°W to 117.75°W

Data: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/access/ocean-carbon-data-system/oceans/Coastal/WCOA.html

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